Musician has ‘A Day To Remember’

Music: Josh Cudmore invited on stage to perform with his idols

By: Tammy Rollie

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 08:53 am

Self-taught guitar player Josh Cudmore, 19, strums his guitar after having a once in a lifetime opportunity to play with idols A Day To Remember at the Calgary BMO Centre last summer.
Self-taught guitar player Josh Cudmore, 19, strums his guitar after having a once in a lifetime opportunity to play with idols A Day To Remember at the Calgary BMO Centre last summer.
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A back stage pass landed a Black Diamond teen unexpected stage time with his favourite band last summer.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Cudmore paid an extra $25 for his concert tickets to meet metal and pop punk band A Day To Remember before their concert at the Calgary BMO Centre on Aug. 16, but he didn’t expect his backstage pass would be a ticket to center stage.

However, the bold teenager had nothing to lose and took a once-in-a-lifetime chance and it paid off.

“The whole time I was sitting in line I was thinking I will ask if I can play a song with them,” he said.

Cudmore attended the concert with friends Austin Humphrey and Kenny Roy, who also had VIP passes, and told them what he planned.

“I kept saying, ‘I’m going to ask them,’” he said. “They were just like, ‘Oh yeah, whatever.’”

Roy figured his friend’s chances of playing with A Day To Remember were pretty slim.

“My first thought was everyone asks to play with their band,” he said. “When I heard Josh ask the question I looked at Austin like it’s not going to happen. I heard them say ‘Sure, why not?’ and I was like ‘Oh my God.’”

The trio watched the Florida band play two songs from the side of the stage before Cudmore was called on to join the band play “A Shot in the Dark” on one of their electric guitars.

Cudmore said he was more nervous when the band initially told him he could perform at song with them than when he was on stage performing alongside them.

“When it came to actually playing I wasn’t that nervous,” he said. “It was so much fun. It was just a blast.”

The teen said it was hard to believe he was on stage with his favourite band.

“It was unreal,” he said. “Honestly, the best moment of my life.”

Roy captured the moment on Cudmore’s phone and posted it on YouTube a couple days later.

“I was recording it, losing it and swearing in the background the whole time,” Roy said. “It was crazy. Being on the side watching him go up with the band was definitely like a one in a lifetime thing.”

Roy said he couldn’t help but be green with envy.

“I was totally jealous,” he said. “I was like why didn’t I ask that? He just learned the song two days before but when he went on stage he rocked it perfectly.”

Humphrey, also a big fan of the band, was ecstatic.

“It was pretty amazing,” he said. “It was just cool to see one of my best friends up there.”

Following the concert, the three friends were given a ride in a golf cart to the back of the BMO Centre to hang out with the band for about 10 minutes.

Roy said he was so overwhelmed about the whole experience he could hardly contain himself.

“The whole golf cart ride I was losing it,” he said. “I still couldn’t believe it was happening. It’s an experience I will never forget.”

The three friends once again found themselves face-to-face again with A Day To Remember.

“They were like, ‘How was that?’” Cudmore said. “I was like, ‘It was just unreal, thank you guys so much.’ They were like, ‘It’s no big deal. We like to change it up a little with our set rather than playing songs over and over again.’”

As the trio left the BMO Centre and headed to the C-Train, it wasn’t long before Cudmore was recognized by fans.

“Walking to the C-Train people were like, ‘You were the guy who got to play on stage?’” he said. “They asked me how it happened. I got a good five minutes of fame there.”

Cudmore said he is a huge fan of A Day to Remember and often plays their songs on his guitar. The self-taught musician spends at least an hour a day playing his guitar – mostly heavy metal and hardcore tunes.

“They are one of my favourite bands,” he said of A Day To Remember. “I just really like their music.”

Having met the band in person, Cudmore said he is an even bigger fan.

“They were just really cool dudes,” he said. “They were real people. They are not sucked up into the music industry and all about themselves. They care about the fans.”

Cudmore said he enjoys their sense of humour as portrayed in their music videos and lyrics, and got to see it first hand while talking with them personally.

“Just some of the stuff in their songs is quite awesome,” he said. “The singing, the screaming, they are just talented dudes.”


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